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Peruvian, Latin, South American, Central American
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews plantains rotisserie chicken churros tacos corn on the cob yellow rice roasted vegetables fries peruvian style large wood food was piping hot great sides sweet sauce order at the counter charlottesville area awesome food decided to give it a try
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is definitely a hidden gem. The food is delicious and always fresh. I love that I can order and pay online. They seem to be doing a great job keeping up with COVID-19 precautions. I highly recommend the chicken, fries, and street corn.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed October 25, 2020 via mobile

This chicken is absolutely amazing! We live 5 hours away but travel to the Charlottesville area frequently and always stop at Al Carbon. The food speaks for itself! I’ve never been disappointed with anything on the menu. Make sure to order the fried plantains and...sweet sauce. The staff are so friendly and go above and beyond to satisfy customers.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed July 1, 2020 via mobile

This is one of the best chickens I have ever consumed!!!!! Oh my goodness!!!!! This chicken is moist and tender with crispy skin and loaded with flavor with a kiss of smoke. The salsas are all delicious with adjusted spice levels and all compliment the...delicious chicken. Sides of rice, beans and plantains where outstanding!!! We also enjoyed the pork and chicken tacos and a side of delicious Mac and cheese. Leave room for the churros both stuffed and unstuffed.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

My wife and I lived in C'ville for a couple years and would stop by here every few weeks. It can get a little crowded as the dining space is on the smaller side but there are generally lines out the door - because the...food is great!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2020

We have been coming here since they opened (years ago). It's my kids' top spot for flautas. The Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken is great (and the family platter is awesome). It's one of my favorite places for traditional tacos as well. There's nothing fancy about it,...but the food is solid and it has a big following, so don't be surprised if you go at a busy time and it's, well, busy. But the service is fast and the vibe is friendly.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 11, 2020

This year for Thanksgiving we did the unthinkable and ordered two turkeys from Al Carbon. This, not something that is available every day. What a great success! The birds were spit-roasted over hardwood coals and the best we have enjoyed. We also ordered their large...wood-roasted vegetable trays. On a daily basis, their spit-roasted chickens are juicy, tender, crispy, and a very good value. You can buy an entire bird or cut it into a variety of splits. Don't overlook a large variety of sides which are all house-made! This is a family operation and they all work hard to make you happy and we will go back often!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed January 19, 2020 via mobile

Fresh, yummy, & cost effective lunch! We told the cashier it was our first time and he gave us a little explanation of the menu. We ended up with the whole chicken (awesome), green salad (basic but great) and plantains (of course fried but not...greasy). The chicken fell off the bone, the sauces were perfect, there was plenty of seating, and the employees were a delight. Very worth us going out of our way. Order at the counter & they call your number service.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed November 27, 2019 via mobile

I have eaten this type of rotisserie chicken in Peru and Al Carbon was just like the places in Peru. Taste was great, sauces and sides were excellent. All food was piping hot as well. I definitely recommend the fried plantains as an add on.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 23, 2019 via mobile

You can smell the chickens roasting from across the street. The place is hidden in a small set of shops across 29 from Lowe’s. You can’t see it from the road, but it is SO worth the look. Great chickens roasting all day and the...best sandwich in town!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

The chicken stands out as amazing, but everything was delicious. We love this place. And the prices are unbeatable

Date of visit: June 2019
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Response from ValkyriesFlight | Reviewed this property |
yes, they do have fries, but no pizza.
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Response from Laura Z | Reviewed this property |
The tacos, flautas, and huaraches are made with corn tortillas instead of flour. They have soup (caldo tlalpeño), fried plantains, green salad, grilled veggies, several rice dishes, yucca fries, and nopal cactus-- these are... More
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